Saturday, July 6, 2019

Upcoming Album of the Week (Ending July 6, 2019)

Halle Bailey, one-half of the sister duo Chloe x Halle, was recently cast as Ariel in Disney's latest live action reboot of one of their classic properties, The Little Mermaid. The casting was a surprise, to me at least, but a great choice nonetheless. I'll be interested to hear her voice on re-recordings of some of those classic Disney songs!

There will definitely be a soundtrack for this, so when it's announced, look for it over on my Upcoming Releases page!

Recently, Brittany Howard announced her debut solo album, Jaime.

Howard is probably best known as the frontwoman the bluesy, soulful roots rock band Alabama Shakes, with which she's released two albums. She's also embarked on a couple of side projects, Thunderbitch and Bermuda Triangle.

Named for her deceased sister, Howard announced Jaime a couple of weeks ago and released the album's lead single, "History Repeats."

Also announced recently:

Belle and Sebastian - Days of the Bagnold Summer (September 13)
Daniel Caesar - CASE STUDY 01 (out now)
Friendly Fires - Inflorescent (August 16)
Hesitation Wounds - Chicanery (August 30)
Joyero - Release the Dogs (August 23)
KAZU - Adult Baby (September 13)
The Lion King Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (July 11)
Nas - The Lost Tapes 2 (July 12)
Oh Sees - Face Stabber (August 16)
Perera Elsewhere - THRILL (September 6)
Saul Williams - Encrypted & Vulnerable (July 18)
Snail Mail - Habit (August 30)
Trentemøller - Obverse (September 27)
The Velvet Underground - The Complete Matrix Tapes (July 12)

Sunday, June 23, 2019

New Music Friday - April 19, 2019

Be sure to view a list of upcoming releases here!

Essential Full-Length Releases

Heather Woods Broderick - Invitation

Watch: "White Tail"
Watch: "I Try"                                                                                                                     

Lizzo - Cuz I Love You

Watch: "Juice"
Watch: "Cuz I Love You"                                                                                 

The Tallest Man on Earth - I Love You. It’s a Fever Dream

Listen: "I’m a Stranger Now"
Listen: "My Dear"                                                                                                                                   

Sad Planets - Akron, Ohio

Watch: "Yesterday Girls"
Watch: "Just Landed" (featuring J Mascis)                                                                                 

Wand - Laughing Matter

Watch: "Scarecrow"
Watch: "Walkie Talkie"                                                                                      

Other Full-Length Releases

Cage the Elephant - Social Cues

Watch: "Ready to Let Go"
Watch: "House of Glass"

Diane Coffee - Internet Arms

Watch: "Not Ready to Go"
Listen: "Lights Off"

Drugdealer - Raw Honey

Watch: "Fools"
Listen: "Honey" (featuring Weyes Blood)

Gang of Four - Happy Now

Watch: "Paper Thin"
Listen: "White Lies"

Jens Lekman & Annika Norlin - CORRESPONDENCE

Listen: "Who Really Needs Who?"
Listen: "On the Edge of Time"

Kelsey Lu - Blood

Watch: "Blood"
Watch: "Due West"

Singles, EPs, Soundtracks, etc.

Angelique Kidjo - Celia

Listen: "Quimbara"
Listen: "Bemba Colorá"

Béyonce - Homecoming

Listen: "Before I Let Go"
Listen: "Party"

Carla dal Forno - "So Much Better"/"Fever Walk"

Watch: "So Much Better"
Listen: "Fever Walk"

Kevin Abstract - Ghettobaby

Listen: "Joy Ride"
Listen: "Corpus Christi"

More Pain - More Pain

Self Defense Family - Performative Guilt

Listen: "Rest in Peace for the Error Shall Not Be Repeated"

Saturday, June 22, 2019

Upcoming Album of the Week (Ending June 22, 2019)

Jeopardy seems to have enough music-related answers that no one on the show gets right that I think I ought to try getting on the show again. This week, it was an answer about The 1975 and their 2016 album. I would have gotten this one right..., but oh well.

As always, you can view a full list of upcoming albums that I'm looking forward to here!

This week, Sleater-Kinney announced their ninth album, The Center Won't Hold.

The iconic band reformed in 2014 following an eight-year break and released their first new album in a decade, No Cities to Love, the following year. It was a spectacular return for the band.

Their follow-up to that comeback was produced by another amazing female rock star, St. Vincent. It's a partnership I'm extremely excited to hear the results of. The album announcement came with a new song, "The Future Is Here," though they previously released "Hurry On Home" from the record.

The Center Won't Hold will be released on August 16.

Also announced recently:

!!! - Wallop (August 30)
(Sandy) Alex G - House of Sugar (September 13)
Adam Green - Engine of Paradise (August 28)
Alex Cameron - Miami Memory (September 13)
Amason - Marry Me Just for Fun (August 16)
Angela Perley - 4:30 (August 2)
The Avett Brothers - Closer Than Together (October 4)
BANKS - III (July 12)
Bat for Lashes - Lost Girls (September 6)
The Bird and the Bee - Interpreting the Masters Volume 2: A Tribute to Van Halen (August 2)
BJ the Chicago Kid - 1123 (July 26)
Black Belt Eagle Scout - At the Party with My Brown Friends (August 30)
Blanck Mass - Animated Violence Mild (August 16)
Bonnie “Prince” Billy, Bryce Dessner, Eighth Blackbird - When We Are Inhuman (August 30)
Burial - “Claustro”/“State Forest” (out now)
Car Seat Headrest - Commit Yourself Completely (out now)
Charli XCX - Charli (September 13)
Chelsea Wolfe - Birth of Violence (September 13)
Clairo - Immunity (August 2)
Cornelius - Point Reissue (July 31)
Cross Record - Cross Record (August 2)
CRX - Peek (August 23)
Daphni - Sizzling EP (July 19)
Devendra Banhart - Ma (September 13)
Efterklang - Altid Sammen (September 20)
Emel Mathlouthi - Everywhere We Looked Was Burning (September 27)
Esther Rose - You Made It This Far (August 23)
Fever Ray - Live at the Troxy (August 2)
Florist - Emily Alone (July 26)
Frankie Cosmos - Close It Tightly (September 6)
Freddie Gibbs & Madlib - Bandana (June 28)
Frightened Rabbit - TINY CHANGES: A Celebration of Frightened Rabbit’s ‘The Midnight Organ Fight’ (July 12)
Future - SAVE ME (June 7)
G&D - Black Love & War (August 9)
Girl Band - The Talkies (September 27)
Hiss Golden Messenger - Terms of Surrender (September 20)
The Hold Steady - Thrashing Thru the Passion (August 16)
Jay Som - Anak Ko (August 23)
Jefre Cantu-Ledesma - Tracing Back the Radiance (July 12)
Jónsi & Alex Somers - Riceboy Sleeps: 10th Anniversary Edition (August 30)
The Juan MacLean - The Brighter the Light (September 20)
Kindness - Something Like a War (September 6)
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard - Infest the Rats’ Nest (August 16)
Khruangbin - Hasta El Cielo (July 12)
Liam Gallagher - Why Me? Why Not (September 20)
Lillie Mae - Other Girls (August 16)
Lisel - Angels on the Slope (July 26)
Lower Dens - The Competition (September 6)
Luke Temple - Both-And (September 13)
Maria Usbeck - Envejeciendo (August 16)
Metronomy - Metronomy Forever (September 13)
Michaela Anne - Desert Dove (September 27)
Midsommar: Original Score By Bobby Krlic (July 5)
MUNA - Saves the World (September 6)
The Music of Red Dead Redemption II (July 12)
My Morning Jacket - The Tennessee Fire: Deluxe Edition (August 2)
Pixies - Beneath the Eyrie (September 13)
The S.L.P. - The S.L.P. (August 30)
Sheer Mag - A Distant Call (August 23)
Shura - forevher (August 16)
Slaughter Beach Dog - Safe and Also No Fear (August 2)
Spoon - Everything Hits at Once: The Best of Spoon (July 26)
Swim Deep - Emerald Classics (October 4)
Thom Yorke - ANIMA (June 27)
Tinariwen - Amajdar (September 6)
Ty Segall - First Taste (August 2)
Vagabon - Infinite Worlds (September 27)
Whitney - Forever Turned Around (August 30)
WHY? - AOKOHIO (August 9)

Sunday, May 26, 2019

New Music Friday - April 12, 2019

Be sure to view a list of upcoming releases here!

Essential Full-Length Releases

Anderson .Paak - Ventura

Watch: "Make It Better" (featuring Smokey Robinson)
Watch: "King James"                                                                                                                       

Band of Skulls - Love Is All You Love

Watch: "Love Is All You Love"
Watch: "We’re Alive"                                                                                                                                                 

Emily Reo - Only You Can See It

Watch: "Strawberry"
Listen: "Balloon"                                                                                                             

Lowly - Hifalutin

Listen: "12:36"
Listen: "stephen"                                                                                         

Norah Jones - Begin Again

Watch: "Begin Again"
Listen: "My Heart Is Full"                                                                                    

Other Full-Length Releases

Bruce Hornsby - Absolute Zero

Watch: "Voyager One" (featuring yMusic)
Watch: "Cast-Off" (featuring Justin Vernon)

The Chemical Brothers - No Geography

Watch: "MAH"
Watch: "Got to Keep On"

Damien Jurado - In the Shape of a Storm

Listen: "Lincoln"
Listen: "South"

Fontaines D.C. - Dogrel

Watch: "Big"
Watch: "Roy’s Tune"

Glen Hansard - This Wild Willing

Watch: "Roll On Slow"
Watch: "Fool’s Game"

Intellexual - Intellexual

Watch: "intlxl"
Listen: "Money"

Singles, EPs, Soundtracks, etc.

All About Eve: Original Music by PJ Harvey

Listen: "The Sandman" (featuring Gillian Anderson)
Listen: "The Moth" (featuring Lily James)

Broken Social Scene - Let’s Try the After - Vol. 2

Listen: "Big Couches"
Listen: "Can’t Find My Heart"

Omar Apollo - Friends

Watch: "Ashamed"
Listen: "Friends"

Renata Zeiger - Faraway Business

Listen: "Chega de Saudade"
Listen: "Permanently Lonely"

Saturday, May 25, 2019

Upcoming Album of the Week (Ending May 25, 2019)

Something that I learned this week is that, for the more than 20 years since The Verve released their biggest hit, "Bitter Sweet Symphony," the band has not owned the rights to the song. Instead, they belonged to Mick Jagger and Keith Richards of The Rolling Stones, due to the use of a sample of an orchestral arrangement of "The Last Time." That was finally reversed this week; Richard Ashcroft announced that Jagger and Richards had transferred their share of the credits back to him!

The drama over those rights did a number on the band, who last broke up in 2008. May this win will see them getting back together, as well. If that happens, keep an eye out for a new album over at my Upcoming Releases page.

This week, Marika Hackman announced her third album, Any Human Friend.

Hackman is a singer and songwriter from London who released her previous album, I'm Not Your Man, in 2017. That album came with a memorable video for the single "My Lover Cindy," which involves some interesting fencing injuries.

Any Human Friend was announced on Wednesday with a new song and video for "i'm not where you are." The album is set for release on August 9.

Also announced this week:

Chuck Cleaver - Send Aid (July 19)
IDER - Emotional Education (July 19)
Kaiser Chiefs - Duck (July 26)
Mega Bog - Dolphine (June 28)
Modern Nature - How to Live (August 23)
Tyler Childers - Country Squire (August 2)
Underworld - DRIFT SONGS (October 25)

Sunday, May 19, 2019

Upcoming Album of the Week (Ending May 18, 2019)

To go along with the release of their new album, I Am Easy to Find, The National released a short film of the same name. The films stars Alicia Vikander and was directed by Mike Mills (20th Century Women, Beginners, Thumbsucker). It's an incredible film following a single character through her life and is, of course, accompanied by the music from the album.

As always, you can view a more complete list of upcoming albums over at my Upcoming Releases page!

With a combination of vacation, work, and just trying to find leisure time in-between, I am a few weeks behind on this post. So, instead of highlighting one release in particular, I'll just share the full list below.

Some releases that I am looking forward to include The Black Keys, Bleached, Daughter of Swords (Alexandra Sauser-Monnig of Mountain Man), Ra Ra Riot, and Steve Lacy!

Announced over the last month:

Absolutely Free - Geneva Freeport (June 20)
Africa Express - EGOLI (July 12)
BEAK> - Life Goes On (June 21)
Beast Coast - Escape from New York (May 24)
The Black Keys - Let’s Rock (June 28)
black midi - Schlagenheim (June 21)
Bleached - Don’t You Think You’ve Had Enough? (July 12)
Bob Dylan - Rolling Thunder Revue (June 7)
Brian Eno - Apollo: Atmospheres & Soundtracks - Remastered (July 19)
Dark Morph - Dark Morph (out now)
Daughter of Swords - Dawnbreaker (June 28)
David Bowie - The Mercury Demos (June 28)
Everything But the Girl - Amplified Heart Vinyl Reissue (July 5)
Gauche - A People’s History of Gauche (July 12)
Georgia Anne Muldrow - VWETO II (June 21)
Girlfriend Material - Cool Car (July 12)
Iggy Pop - Zombie Birdhouse Reissue (June 28)
iLoveMakonnen - M3 (June 21)
Joy Division - Unknown Pleasures 40th Anniversary (June 14)
Logic - Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (out now)
Mark Kozelek with Petra Haden - Joey Always Smiled (October 11)
Mark Lanegan Band - Somebody’s Knocking (October 18)
Merival - Lesson (August 2)
METZ - Automat (July 12)
New Order - ∑(No,12k,Lg,17Mif) New Order + Liam Gillick: So it goes... (July 12)
Noel Gallagher’s High-Flying Birds - Black Star Dancing (June 14)
Of Monsters and Men - Fever Dream (July 26)
Prince - Originals (June 7)
Ra Ra Riot - Superbloom (August 9)
Rhye - Spirit (out now)
Ride - This Is Not a Safe Place (August 16)
Richard Reed Parry - Quiet River of Dust Vol. 2 (June 21)
Roger Daltrey - The Who’s Tommy Orchestral (June 14)
The Rolling Stones - Rock and Roll Circus Remastered (June 7)
Skepta - Ignorance Is Bliss (May 31)
Steve Lacy - Apollo XXI (May 24)
Thurston Moore Group - Spirit Counsel (September 21)
Tool - TBA (August 30)
Two Door Cinema Club - False Alarm (June 14)
Tycho - Weather (July 12)
Tyler, The Creator - IGOR (May 17)
Violent Femmes - Hotel Last Resort (July 26)
Willie Nelson - Ride Me Back Home (June 21)
Wu Tang Clan - Of Mics and Men (out now)

Saturday, April 20, 2019

Upcoming Album of the Week (Ending April 20, 2019)

fka twigs recently announced a 10-city tour. While, of course, none of the dates are anywhere near me, a tour is a decent indication that new music is on the way. It's been five years since her incredible LP1. If a new album is announced, look for it on my Upcoming Releases page!

This week, Beyoncé announced and released a live album, Homecoming.

Homecoming was recorded at Coachella, where Beyoncé put on a massive set as the festival's 2018 headliner. Her set featured a marching band, step team, her Destiny's Child bandmates, and her sister Solange.

Netflix recently dropped a documentary covering her Coachella performance, also called Homecoming. That is available to stream now if you have Netflix (or access to someone's account).

Homecoming is out now.

Also announced this week:

Flying Lotus - Flamagra (May 24)
Kevin Abstract - Ghettobaby (out now)
Matt Martians - The Last Party (April 26)
ScHoolboy Q - CrasH Talk (April 26)
The Soft Cavalry - The Soft Cavalry (July 5)
YG - 4REAL 4REAL (May 3)